Ji (笄 jī; a kind of hair pin)
A kind of scorpion used by ancient Chinese women to decorate the rolled hair or insert a hat. Is the originator of Zan (簪,zān), Chai (钗,chāi). In ancient times, the use of Ji by women was a very important thing. It is necessary to hold the “Hair pinning ceremony”, which is the same as the “crown ceremony” of men, they are all adult rituals in ancient China. From the Zhou Dynasty, it was stipulated that women should complete their “Hair pinning ceremony” after engagement and before marriage.
Usually at the age of 15, the mother combs her daughter’s hair, pulls her hair in a bun, and inserts her hair in a Ji, meaning “Adult, start another stage of life”.The material of Ji is various. The dignitaries usually use Jin Ji (made of gold) and Yu Ji (made of jade), while the common people mostly use Mu Ji(made of wood).
Zan (簪 zān; developed from Ji,ancient hair ornaments)
Zan is also a courtship gift. If a boy gives his favorite girl a beautiful Zan, it may have an unexpected effect.
Both Chai and Zan are hairdresses. The only difference is that Zan is a single one, and hairpin is more like two Zan merged together.
It is not only an ornament, but also a letter of affection. In ancient times, when lovers were separated, they would give each other gifts, the girl will divides the Chai into two parts, gives half to the boy, and keeps half for herself to express her yearning.
Huasheng (华胜,huā shènɡ)
Huasheng refers to a kind of flower-shaped jewelry of ancient women. It’s gorgeous jewelry.
Most of the noble women in the palace wear exquisite workmanship and complex styles. The folk ones are simpler. Whatever the craftsmanship, Huasheng is an ornament that highlights women’s temperament.
Step shake (步摇,Bù yáo)
Step shake is a Zan or Chai with pearls and jade pendants on the top. It is the decoration of ancient women on the side of their hair, and it also has the function of fixing the hair bun.The common forms are phoenix, butterfly, winged or pendant.When walking, the gold ornaments will move with the swing of walking, lifelike.
Shubi (梳篦shū bì)
Shubi referred to as Zhi (栉 zhì,comb). In ancient times, comb was a necessary hairdressing, especially for women. It lasted for a long time and could hardly be combed away. It formed the habit of using combs as headdresses.
Moe (抹额,mò é)
The woman wraps Moe around her forehead, popular in Ming Dynasty.Ordinarily adorned with embroidery or pearls. But only a wealthy family can use gold, silver, gemstones decorative Moe.
Eardrop (珥珰,dāng ěr)
Eardrop is one of the most popular ornaments worn by Chinese people with the longest history, and it has been flourishing ever since.
Ying Luo (璎珞,yīng luò)
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